The Royal Society Winton Prize shortlist announced

The Royal Society Winton Prize shortlist of science books has been announced. The winner will be announced at a public event on the 25th November 2013. The Shortlist includes:2012-09-19-Winton62

Bird Sense: What it’s like to be a bird by Tim Birkhead (Bloomsbury)

The judges said: “Bird Sense opens new worlds to the imagination through a wealth of passionately observed science. It succeeds in conveying a feeling of what it is like to be a bird.”

The Particle at the End of the Universe: The hunt for the Higgs and the discovery of a new world by Sean Carroll (OneWorld Publications)

The judges said: “This book invites you to imagine the unimaginable. It tells an extraordinary tale of scientific discovery and stands out by its ability to speak to people who are not scientists.”
Cells to Civilizations: The principles of change that shape life by Enrico Coen (Princeton University Press)

The judges said: “Cells to Civilizations presents an exciting challenge to our thinking on how evolution works. It is unbelievably alive and we could feel our brains growing as we read.”

Pieces of Light: The new science of memory by Charles Fernyhough (Profile Books)

The judges said: “Our memories of reading this book are exceptionally good ones! It challenges much of what we think we know about memory. It’s a bit like reading a novel, personal and compulsive!”
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st century bestiary by Caspar Henderson (Granta)

The judges said: “Henderson taps into forgotten wonder we first felt as children discovering the creatures of our world. It borrows its format from ancient bestiaries and its title from Borges’ extraordinary tales. The book itself is a beautiful object and brings barely imagined beings to life.”
Ocean of Life: How our seas are changing by Callum Roberts (Allen Lane (Penguin Books))

The judges said: “Roberts sets modern conservation in context. For instance he has taken fisheries science and channelled it into the mainstream debate. This book is thrilling: a delightful mix of anecdote, research and polemic.”

You can read the first chapter of each of the titles for free on the Royal Society’s website. and of course borrow them from us!

The chair of judges, Professor Uta Frith, writes about what it has been like to judge the Prize.


Posted on October 3, 2013, in Authors, Awards, Book News, Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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